Robert Hughes (5-foot-11, 227 pounds) has made a couple of trips to South Bend, but this trip, during the one of the quietest recruiting periods, might have been the most informative trip he has made.
"I got a chance to see things I wasn't able to see," Hughes explained of his latest visit to the Notre Dame campus. "I got a chance to talk to the coaches and other people, because before there were big events happening and there was always a lot of running around. Yesterday was based just on us and they were able to focus on just us.
"I learned a lot more about the university. I had seen the facilities so I knew what the facilities were like. It was basically just getting a better understanding for the coaching staff and what was going on.
Robert has had a busy summer visiting schools, but he isn't quite done with his travels.
"I'm going to Illinois this weekend," Hughes said "It'll just be me. I'm going to try to get a better feel I guess and then that will be it [until official visits]."
Hughes will likely visit Notre Dame unofficially for a home game this fall and he will take his official visit on December 1.
In 2005, Robert rushed for 1,920 yards and was named all-state and all-area by several media outlets in the Chicago area.